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Fri Jun 14, 2013, 04:39 AM

Post vacation depression...

I knew I would feel extra depressed and anxious after returning from Hawaii as I've always suffered from post vacation depressive episodes. The positive is that the Hawaii trip was FANTASTIC and I did not feel my depression and anxiety while there. So I suppose moving to a tropical island is my cure Lol. The fact that I'm also dealing with a serious pilonidal cyst doesn't help things. Anyway do you suffer from post vacation depression? The same concept applies to depression following any happier event like holidays and the like.

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Fri Jun 14, 2013, 02:02 PM

1. Whenever I feel that way I try to look at my town as a vacation destination.

For many people it is.

For most vacationers our city is a stopping point on the way to San Francisco, buses full of Chinese and Japanese people every day. They always get out, walk around, maybe visit the local museum and restaurants and take many pictures. Like a side trip to Mexico here in the USA. (40% or more of our people don't speak English at home, and it's always been that way. White people like me are the minority.)

I try to look at everyday things with the same eyes I used on my vacations. That helps.

Health problems are another story. Those always seem worse at home, mostly because you can't put them on "hold" any longer and feel the pressure to do something about them. At home I can't ignore stuff that I would ignore while I was on vacation.

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Fri Jun 14, 2013, 06:33 PM

2. Thanks, that's a good way to look at it. I guess I'm also feeling worse because...

I feel the need to do something is extra urgent now that I'm back. I'm still enrolled in school for next semester for what it's worth so I suppose I can lie to myself and say that this is just my summer vacation. The truth is that I feel completely lost again with not rudder or direction. I sleep most of the day away and fear going out. On the holiday I had something to do every day and actually planned out everything so I felt like I had something of a purpose. Yet I can't seem to be able to make myself do what I know I need to do right now to get better. I know I should be looking for a temp job or some form of volunteer work to fill my time but my mind resists all attempts to get better.

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